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Congresswoman Alma Adams

Representing the 12th District of North Carolina


Adams Hosts the Second Annual Women’s Symposium and Networking Fair

Mar 31, 2017
Press Release

Charlotte, N.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) hosted the second annual Women’s Symposium and Networking Fair in celebration of Women’s History Month.

“Women comprise more than half of the population of Mecklenburg County and our nation yet we continue to fight for equal representation, respect, and rights,” said Congresswoman Adams. “I’m proud to convene such a diverse group of panelists and organizations for the second annual Women’s Symposium to discuss the issues that impact each of us such as public education, healthcare, business development, entrepreneurship, equal pay, and paid family leave. Women play an integral role in our communities and it is imperative that we continue to speak up and advocate for the positive change we hope to see in our neighborhoods and across our country.”

“The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte is extremely excited to partake in this year’s Women’s Symposium & Networking Fair,” said Natalie Williams, Executive Director of the Women’s Business Center of Charlotte. “The WBC of Charlotte empowers women with the tools needed to establish businesses, help generate profits, strategize for future growth, and stabilize their companies.  Congresswoman Adam’s passion and drive for a better community that is more inclusive of women entrepreneurs aligns with the goals and objectives of the WBCC.  It is our mission to promote economic self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship for all Women in a 12 County Region surrounding Charlotte North Carolina.  According to the National Women’s Business Council, as of 2012, there is approximately 9,878K women-owned businesses in the U.S. with a gross receipt account for $1.4Billion, and I say we can still do better.”


Today’s panel included the following panelists: Jess George, Google Fiber; Jennifer Byrd, UNCC Gen-X Learning Community; Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe, Family Medicine; Astrid Chirinos, Latin American Development Corporation; Amy Chiou, Queen City Forward; Natalie Williams, Women’s Business Center of Charlotte. The Networking Fair included the following participating organizations: Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange; Women’s Business Center of Charlotte; EmpowHERment; Latin American Women’s Association; Junior League of Charlotte; National Association of Women Business Owners-Charlotte; League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg; National Organization of Women-Charlotte. The event was moderated by television and radio personality Tonya Rivens.